How to get to
The World's Biggest Stage:

​Send an email including the following:

  1. Biography including Date of Birth

  2. E-mail address

  3. Demo video link of 3-5 minute performance 


Email us by September 15, 2022

(Check competition rules below to confirm eligibility)


Getting to Carnegie

International Cello Competition Rules:


1.  The competition is open to all cellists of all nationalities, ages 18 to 29 (by Jan 17, 2022).  There is no application fee.  The winner will receive 5,000 US Dollars, will be the featured cellist at Carnegie Hall in the 2023 Getting to Carnegie Competition, and will be the featured cellist during the 18th Water Island Music Festival, in St. Thomas, USVI.


2. The competition will take place in two rounds.  


3. The first round will consist of a video recording of a freely chosen 3-5 minute work (or segment from that work) from the standard cello repertoire, for either cello solo, cello and piano, or cello and orchestra. The video should be uploaded to youtube, vimeo, or equivalent, and the link should then be emailed to the competition by Dec 1, 2021.


4.  Four finalists (and four alternates) will be chosen by Dec 15, 2021 to proceed to the Final Round.


5.  The Final Round will be in two parts, on two separate evenings.  The piece to be performed both evenings will be the Sonata No. 3 for Cello and Piano by Julian Gargiulo.  Each finalist will be assigned two different movements, to be performed on the different evenings, so each evening the audience will hear the complete Sonata performed by the 4 finalists, but the finalists will be performing a different movement each time.  The movements will be assigned randomly when the four finalists are chosen.


6.  The first evening (Jan 17) will take place at Steinway in NY and will be streamed “Live” on the Violin Channel to their audience of over 450,000 followers.  Anyone listening with a valid email address will be able to vote.  Online voting will be open for 24 hrs following the performance.


7.  The following evening (Jan 18) will take place at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.  The in-house audience will vote immediately after the performance.  At the end of the evening the winner will be announced.


8.  The vote tallying will be an aggregate of the Online votes (33 percent), the Carnegie Hall audience votes (33 percent) and the Jury of professional musicians votes (33 percent)


9.  The professional jury will be made up entirely of former Getting to Carnegie winners plus one Celebrity judge to be announced.


10.  The 3 runner-up finalists will each receive a cash prize of 2,000 US Dollars.  The winner will receive a cash prize of 5,000 US Dollars, be the featured cellist at Carnegie Hall in the following Getting to Carnegie Competition to be held in January 2023, and will be the featured cellist during the 18th Water Island Music Festival, taking place in January 2023 in St. Thomas, USVI.  Airfare, lodging, and meals will be provided (for the Water Island Music Festival).  *Note: Performing in the Water Island Music Festival is compulsory, and not being able to perform will mean forfeiting the prize.


11.  Each finalist will be assigned a host family during their stay in New York City. 


12.  Agents and presenters in town for the annual APAP conference, will be invited to attend the final round of the competition.